Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's top foreign-policy adviser is Robert Dees, a retired Army major general and Liberty University administrator who is widely known in evangelical circles.
Dees, 65, whom the retired pediatric neurosurgeon met at church in February, also strongly suspects that all Muslims are terrorists and that the United States should have a military strategy based on Christian evangelism, Foreign Policy reports.
"We started with a world map and looked at the way the United States goes from the State Department to Defense Department and the way other nations and international bodies organize around the world," Dees recently told CNN.
He discussed working with Carson on national security issues.
"In a short time, I came to recognize Dr. Carson had the right reflexes — and after 30-plus years in the military, I can size up a leader," Dees said.
But Dees also has cited the 9/11 attacks as strong evidence that Muslims are terrorists, Foreign Policy reports.
"It’s not about these guys who came from way out, knocked down some buildings, and then have left," he told an all-male religious gathering
of the Wildfire Weekend in February 2013.
"I looked up on the wall … and there were cell-phone calls coming from certain places, and you could see where they would go into other places, and all of a sudden I saw Kandahar, Afghanistan, to Nashville, Tennessee; Dearborn, Michigan; Greensboro, South Carolina," Dees told the gathering, describing the links between people in Afghanistan, where America was about to go to war, and residents of the United States.
"We have a serious internal issue," he said. "We’ve been infiltrated."
Dees has also supervised Army forces in Korea, Europe — and has dealt with the U.S.-Israeli Combined Task Force for Missile Defense, CNN reports.
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